Associate Professor Matthew David Templeton

BSc (hons), PhD (Otago)

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Associate Professor

Biography

Matt Templeton is an Associate Professor in Plant-Microbe Interactions and is a 0.2 FTE appointment in the Plant and Food Joint Graduate School.  He has been a faculty member since 2011. He is based at Plant and Food Research at Mt Albert.

Research | Current

My current research interest is the molecular basis for host-specificity and pathogenicity of plant pathogenic bacteria and fungi. My main project is isolating and characterising effector proteins from the plant pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa). We have been using next generation sequencing technologies, transposon mutagenesis and gene knockouts to identify these genes and others involved in pathogenesis. In conjunction with this work my lab and collaborators have been working on Psa comparative and population genomics and evolution by lateral gene transfer.

Teaching | Current

BioSci324 Plant Microbe Interactions; BioSci751 Plant MicrobeInteractions (Course Director)

Postgraduate supervision

Huub de Jonge (PhD)

Erin Stroud (PhD)

Liz Florez (PhD)

Sid Scott (MSc)

Lauren Hemara (PhD)

Brogan McGreal (PhD)

Distinctions/Honours

Member of the Plant and Food Research team that won the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2017 for its response to the Psa crisis.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Jayaraman, J., Yoon, M., Applegate, E. R., Stroud, E. A., & Templeton, M. D. (2020). AvrE1 and HopR1 from Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae are additively required for full virulence on kiwifruit. Molecular plant pathology, 21 (11), 1467-1480. 10.1111/mpp.12989
  • Jayaraman, J., Jones, W. T., Harvey, D., Hemara, L. M., McCann, H. C., Yoon, M., ... Templeton, M. D. (2020). Variation at the common polysaccharide antigen locus drives lipopolysaccharide diversity within the Pseudomonas syringae species complex. Environmental microbiology10.1111/1462-2920.15250
  • Florez, L., Scheper, R., Fisher, B., Sutherland, P., Templeton, M., & Bowen, J. (2020). Reference genes for gene expression analysis in the fungal pathogen Neonectria ditissima and their use demonstrating expression up-regulation of candidate virulence genes. BioRxiv.10.1101/2020.08.12.247601
  • Santos, S. A., Vidigal, P. M. P., Guimarães LMS, Mafia, R. G., Templeton, M. D., & Alfenas, A. C. (2020). Transcriptome analysis of Eucalyptus grandis genotypes reveals constitutive overexpression of genes related to rust (Austropuccinia psidii) resistance. Plant molecular biology10.1007/s11103-020-01030-x
  • Jayaraman, J., Jones, W., Harvey, D., Hemara, L., McCann, H., Yoon, M., ... Templeton, M. (2020). Variation at the common polysaccharide antigen locus drives lipopolysaccharide diversity within the P. syringae species complex. 10.1101/2020.03.31.019141
  • Santos, S. A., Vidigal, P. M. P., Thrimawithana, A., Betancourth, B. M. L., Guimaraes, L. M. S., Templeton, M. D., & Alfenas, A. C. (2020). Comparative genomic and transcriptomic analyses reveal different pathogenicity-related genes among three eucalyptus fungal pathogens. FUNGAL GENETICS AND BIOLOGY, 13710.1016/j.fgb.2019.103332
  • Jayaraman, J., Applegate, E., & Templeton, M. D. (2019). Identifying disease-critical effectors of a bacterial plant pathogen by knockout. Paper presented at 18th Congress of International-Society-for-Molecular-Plant-Microbe-Interactions (IS-MPMI), Glasgow, SCOTLAND. 14 July - 18 July 2019. MOLECULAR PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS. (pp. 1).
  • Templeton, M. D., McAtee, P. A., Nieuwenhuizen, N. J., Chen, X., Jose, B., Jayaraman, J., ... Allan, A. C. (2019). Re-programming of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae gene expression during early stages of infection of kiwifruit. Paper presented at 18th Congress of International-Society-for-Molecular-Plant-Microbe-Interactions (IS-MPMI), Glasgow, SCOTLAND. 14 July - 18 July 2019. MOLECULAR PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS. (pp. 2).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Allan

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Primary office location

THOMAS BUILDING - Bldg 110
Level 1, Room 102
3 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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